Football in Italy

Portugal defeats Russia, revives World Cup hopes

Ireland's Robbie Keane celebrates after scoring against the Faroe Islands during the World Cup qualifying match in Dublin. Photo: Reuters

Portugal revived their World Cup qualifying campaign by beating Russia 1-0, while Mario Balotelli was red-carded for Italy in a 0-0 draw at the Czech Republic that put the four-time world champions closer to next year's finals.

Sunday, 9 June, 2013, 5:39am

Juventus coach Conte slams Italian game after exit

Bayern Munich's Thomas Mueller (left) and Paul Pogba of Juventus fight for the ball on Wednesday. Photo: Reuters

Juve were outclassed during a 2-0 first-leg defeat to the newly crowned German champions last week in Munich and, despite a far better performance in Turin in the second leg, the hosts again lost by the same scoreline.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

Italy friendly against Brazil a warm-up for Confederations Cup, says Buffon

Gianluigi Buffon

In a match which also doubles as a pretext to Italy's 2014 World Cup qualifier away to Malta on Tuesday, the Italians, four-time World Cup winners, face the five-time champions on neutral territory in Geneva.

21 Mar 2013 - 3:50am

Juve must now focus on domestic title, says Conte

Antonio Conte

Juventus' joy at reaching the Champions League quarter-finals for the first time in seven years will quickly be archived as they turn their attentions to defending their Serie A title this weekend.

9 Mar 2013 - 3:48am

Injuries pose a threat as Juventus tackle Udinese

Andrea Pirlo

Juventus' lead at the top could come under threat today when they are expected to be without three key midfielders, including Andrea Pirlo, at home to in-form Udinese.

19 Jan 2013 - 3:22am

British heritage wins fans

Jack Wills

Jack Wills proves British heritage still hits the retail sweet spot, writes Jing Zhang.

13 Sep 2012 - 11:53pm

Italy leave me with uova on my face

They serve three types of cooked egg at the Hotel Kharhov, located a few yards up from the fabulous fan zone in its namesake city: all are fried and arrive sunny-side up, sunny-side down or rock hard. No matter the method. I had little choice but to order a super-sized helping and wear them all over my face after Italy beat Germany.

30 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Spanish lesson can't dampen Irish spirit

They muttered the maths, doing the sums with the digits on their hands as they tried to get their heads around the group C numbers game.

'Better that Italy win against Croatia, actually,' said one hopeful fan in Irish green during the long walk through the Baltic drizzle to the ground.

16 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Who said it?

I pushed the girl towards the guard rail by the pavement, but a tank ran over my legs and dragged me

Tiananmen activist Fang Zheng, on June 4, 1989

China is obviously growing very quickly, but ... their economy could see a reversal at any point

Republican White House hopeful Mitt Romney

3 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Lippi confident ahead of step into the unknown

World Cup-winning coach Marcello Lippi is taking nothing for granted ahead of today's meeting with Japan's FC Tokyo in the last 16 of the AFC Champions League. The elimination showdown represents a make-or-break test for the Italian less than two weeks into his tenure with Chinese Super League champions Guangzhou Evergrande.

30 May 2012 - 12:00am

World Cup winner Lippi 'to take Guangzhou reins'

Lee Jang-soo has been sacked as Guangzhou Evergrande coach and will be replaced by former Italy World Cup-winning boss Marcello Lippi, according to mainland reports.

17 May 2012 - 12:00am

Red Devils in driving seat and will be hard to shift

If Alex Ferguson is able to guide Manchester United to their 20th English league title this season, it would surely be the Scotsman's greatest domestic trophy. It is hard to believe the Red Devils have returned to the top of the table with 10 games remaining.

17 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Meddling in managerial matters is a loser's game

If you put your trust in someone, just leave them alone to let them do their job. Whether it's in business or in the English Premier League, micromanagement rarely gets the best out of anyone.

3 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

A good week for ...

Wan Wan and Wah Wah

The orang-utan twins born at Hong Kong Zoological and Botanical Gardens met the public for the first time. They were taken from mum Raba when she appeared to reject them after their birth in July. Her disinterest continued until recently when she went to the fence dividing them for a sniff. 'Progess,' said vet Tai Hing-fung.

Harry Redknapp

12 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

Homeless footballers playing in Paris

Eight young Hongkongers have swapped a life of drug addiction for soccer shirts and the chance to represent their home town at the Homeless World Cup, which starts in Paris this afternoon.

21 Aug 2011 - 12:00am